Here is the qualifying film from the 2018 4X World Championships which were held in Val Di Sole, Italy.
Here is the qualifying film from the 2018 4X World Championships which were held in Val Di Sole, Italy.
Here is the teams diary from the week in Fort William at 4X ProTour round 3.
Celebrating Scott’s 40th birthday on race day certainly created a lot of memories for the team.
Here is the raw diary:
The Malvern’s Classic Mountain Bike Festival was one of my first mountain bike memories back in 1996. Transferring from BMX to MTB at that time, The Malvern’s was perfect for me. Dual Slalom, Dual Descender and Quad Eliminator events were perfect for my BMX background. I ended up finishing on the podium in those events but moreover I remember the huge crowds. More people watching racing than I had ever seen. The atmosphere was electric and it was an awesome event. Unfortunately in the late 90’s the event ended.
Fast forward 20 years and The Malvern’s was back. Organised by former Downhill organiser Simon Paton, everything was thrown at this event to make it a success, and what a weekend it turned out to be.
I raced in the Dual Slalom and Downhill events on Friday and Sunday. Saturday was an interesting day for us as I gained a sister in law! Holly’s sister organised her wedding on the Saturday and so we flew to Dublin, Ireland on Saturday morning and back on Sunday morning. It was a hectic weekend but one I won’t forget!
We arrived on Thursday as Simon Paton had asked me to set up the dual slalom course. It was a true old school feel. A simple grass field and some gates. No jumps or berms. Just old school racing.
On Friday morning we had some practice as the crowds began to flood in to the venue. In the afternoon we had qualifying. It was not great for me as a slide and then hitting a pole lost me vital tenths of a second. I placed 9th but that didn’t matter too much as I felt much quicker.
Onto the racing and slalom is a format where there are two riders racing head to head in the red and blue lanes. You do a run in each lane against your opponent and the combined times determine the winner.
In the first round I had a good couple of rides to transfer to round 2. This was a bit tougher as I was up against a fellow 4X rider who is really quick. I won the first round by 0.2 seconds. I knew in the second race I would have to really push it to win. I made a great start and pulled a good lead. Then the crowd let out a huge oooooooooo and the other rider had crashed. I was able to cruise to the finish and transfer.
In the third round I was up against former pro and mountain bike legend Dave Hemming. A cool moment for us both as we raced each other back in 1996. I was able to ride 2 good laps and continue my run.
Next up the quarter finals. I was against the fastest qualifier. I made a great start and took the lead. It was close all the way until I clipped a flag and it threw me completely off line. I lost a lot of time and ended the race 2 seconds behind him. In run two I had to throw everything I had at it to see where I would end up. Again I made a great start and pushed hard. I led the race from start to finish, but unfortunately, I could not pull back the difference. That was the end of my racing and 5th place for my efforts. It was a fun race and in front of a huge crowd it was a decent night.
As I then left for Dublin, my mechanic set up the team tent so that the crowds could look at my bikes during Saturday.
Flying back on Sunday morning it was straight back to the venue and time for some Downhill racing. I hadn’t raced downhill in 10 years so was looking forward to a fun day.
After a few practice runs we moved onto seeding. With a good run I was very happy to place in 4th crossing the line. I then had enough time to check out the festival and catch up with a few of my sponsors who were in attendance. Then it was back up the hill for my race run. Carrying much more speed and getting more used to the lines, I rode a great lap and felt on it…..until the final corner. I drifted a little wide and had to tighten my line up which caused me to slide a little bit. I nearly crashed and lost a lot of speed. Crossing the line it was good enough for 4th – just 0.2 seconds off 2nd position. I would not have won but I am certain without this tiny mistake I would have finished 2nd. It didn’t matter though. I had a great day and finished much better than I anticipated anyway.
The stand looked great all weekend and we spoke to a lot of fans about the products we are using for 2018.
Next up for the team is the 2018 4X World Championships in Val Di Sole, Italy on July 6th. We are training every day working towards our ultimate goal.
Here is the track preview for round 3 of the 2018 4X ProTour being held in Fort William, Scotland.
Scott Beaumont takes us for a lap of this iconic track:
Round 2 o the 2018 4X ProTour was held in the beautiful town of Szczawno Zdroj in Poland. A track that Scott loves and has had a lot of success at in the past.
Here is the team diary from the week.
Scott Beaumont takes us for a lap of Szczawno Zdroj 4X ProTour track.
4X ProTour 2018 – Winterberg
Qualifying – 6th
Race – 13th
Round one of the 2018 4X ProTour took place in Winterberg, Germany at the weekend. After a strong winter of training, Scott Beaumont was looking to cement himself in the running for the overall title in Winterberg with a track that really played to his strengths.
Held as part of the Dirt Masters Festival, this event attracts thousands of fans who flock to Winterberg in Germany to watch 4X ProTour, IXS Downhill Cup and the impressive Slopestyle event.
The race had nearly 200 riders entered so practice was busy and the track had a constant flow of riders as everyone got to grips with it. The weather was dry for qualifying making the track super-fast and dusty. The sun was shining and the track was absolutely perfect.
Scott has had some great results here in the past and always rides his track well so we were confident heading into qualifying.
With all the top riders injury free, this year’s 4X ProTour looked set to be one of the best ever. With 10 of the elite men riders all more than capable of taking wins and the overall title, the strength in depth of 4X ProTour is now better than ever. Scott knows that consistency will be the key and was looking for a decent qualifying run to put himself in a good position for racing.
In his qualifying run, visually, Scott looked one of the quickest on course and as he crossed the finish line the time agreed placing Scott in 6th position. Disappointed with the run Scott said:
“I made a great start and rode all the lines well. I was a little conservative on the table tops lower down on the track. It was a good run but to be 0.8 seconds off and all the way down in 6th is disappointing.”
After qualifying, there was a short break and then straight into racing and Scott was ready. The Yeti race bikes were prepped and Scott rode a couple of practice laps to prepare for the racing. Winning his first round of racing Scott was looking good. In his second round Scott made a mistake out of the start and slipped into 2nd around the first turn. He held this position all the way to the finish and transferred into the quarter final.
In the quarter final, Scott made his best gate of the weekend and battled for the lead into turn one. It all got a bit close and Scott was forced wide, slipping back to 3rd. He fought on the second straight and moved himself back into 2nd. Holding the position until the last turn, the rider behind made an amazing pass on Scott. Clean and smart, taking the spot away and unfortunately Scott’s race was over.
After the race, Scott said:
“Well that was a tough day in the office. I felt good and didn’t make any mistakes in the quarter final. Sometimes the other rider simply makes a great pass and there was nothing I could do about it. I’m gutted with 13th, but I only have to wait a week to go again in Poland. I can’t wait”.
As Scott mentioned there, the teams next event is 4X ProTour round 2 in Szczawno Zdroj, Poland this Saturday.
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4X ProTour begins this weekend with round one being held at Winterberg Bikepark in Germany.
Here is Scott taking a run down the course giving you a track preview for the racing this weekend.
Round 2 of the 2018 Schwalbe British 4X Series was certainly an eventful race for Scott Beaumont. Here is our official film from the race by ‘Behind the tape productions’.
After a big crash in the final, Scott still retains the overall series points lead.
Get the kettle on, sit back and enjoy the highlights:
After an eventful start to the 2018 season at Chicksands for round 1, USN Racing entered round 2 in Harthill looking for a strong result ahead of the 4X ProTour starting in 3 weeks.
The track at Harthill in Cheshire has always treated Scott well and on this occasion the team were looking forward to a great days racing and some strong results.
With practice beginning at 9.30, Scott was immediately up to speed and looking fast. Scott had already practiced on Saturday morning and felt confident on the track.
In the motos Scott looked dominant in his first 2 races, winning from the outside gates and puling some decent leads. In his third moto, he made an uncharacteristic bad gate and found himself in 3rd through the first 2 corners. It was a good position though as Scott began searching around the track for different passing opportunities should he need them later in the day.
Into the semi final Scott took gate 2. Making a perfect gate, Scott led the race from start to finish which would see him through to the final.
In the final, Scott took gate 1 with former GB Elite BMX rider Grant Hill in 3, Will Evans in 4 and Davi Roberts on gate 2. The gate dropped and Scott was level with Grant down the start hill. Scott pulled a small lead on the first straight but it was close and over the double into turn 1 the 2 riders collided. Staying up right Scott moved into the lead but through turn 1 Grant did not brake and on the exit the 2 riders collided. When Elite 4X riders collide all that horsepower normally explodes and on this occasion it really did. The 2 riders flew through the air and hit the ground hard. Grant seemed ok and continued to finish the race in third but Scott didn’t move for quite a while. The medical team were on the case quickly and thankfully after a few minutes Scott was slowly back on his feet and rolled on his bike down to the finish line to complete the race.
The crash was a pure racing incident as the 2 fastest riders on the day battled hard into turn 1.
The sequence below shows the whole event:
At the finish line, Scott was clearly in pain, but looked towards the positives:
‘Today has been good. I have felt fast on the track and although I did not win, I am excited about how good I felt on the bike. We now have 3 weeks to get ready for round 1 of the 2018 4X ProTour.
The podiums were held immediately after the finals and Scott was happy to be walking and take 4th place.
Some interviews with the media and then it was home and back to training for an intense block of work ahead of the ProTour starting.
Thank you to all our partners for the 2018 season. It’s going to be a great year.
Images – Lewis Bradley